Proposal for new climbing facility home reaches new heights as focus narrows on plan

The effort to deliver the city’s next climbing centre is inching upwards as the campaign ascends from the design and cost estimate phase, searching for a hold on fundraising for construction. The Kootenay Climbing Association (KCA) has now completed a schematic design of the building and the climbing wall — just wrapping up within the […]

KIJHL announces partnership with Neuropsychology Consultant

In a media release Wednesday, the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) announced its partnership with Dr. Michael Czarnota, the official Neuropsychology Consultant of the Canadian Hockey League. Dr. Czarnota comes with an impressive resume working with the ECHL, USHL, the CHL and its three leagues and has a desire to work with as many […]

Update: two asks and paying 21 per cent of the budget in store for RDCK’s two cities

The regional district could be asking for over 11 per cent more from its major municipalities when taxation time comes knocking in spring, according to the 2024 financial plan projections. In a special board meeting on Jan. 19 the Regional District of Central Kootenay board of directors had the first glimpse of the financial wish […]

Canadians Win Prestigious North American Honey Awards

Canadian beekeepers have won several first place awards at both the North American Honey Show and the American Honey Show, two prestigious juried events showcasing the best honey products on the continent. Amanda Goodman Lee and Jeff Lee, who own two honey brands, Honey Bee Zen and Swan Valley Honey, of Creston, B.C., won first […]

Salmo Ski Hill - a beacon of affordable winter fun

With winter’s crisp embrace, Salmo Ski Hill in the West Kootenay unveils a snowy playground for all skill levels. Beyond a top-tier spot for night skiing, this cherished family hill has been at the heart of the community for over six decades. “Nothing beats a fresh snowfall and that night air — it’s phenomenal,” says Margaret MacDonald, […]

Communities implement 13 projects with support from Columbia Basin Trust

People in the Columbia Basin rely on their communities for many reasons, including being able to turn to them for protection during disasters. To boost this ability, 13 projects supported by Columbia Basin Trust aim to help communities be prepared during situations like floods, wildfires or sustained power outages. “People and communities in the Basin […]

NPD bring online new technology to increase ‘operational efficiency’ through pilot project

The city’s police force is stepping further into the digital age and embracing “cutting-edge” technology aimed at increased operational efficiency and public safety, says the NPD’s deputy chief. Raj Saini said the Nelson Police Department (NPD) is launching a “ground-breaking” pilot project to introduce Intelligent Mobile Patrol (IMP) software, designed and developed by the Canadian […]

Top 10 Excuses for No Insurance — RCMP

BC Highway Patrol – Kootenay has found a shocking number of drivers operating vehicles without valid insurance. From December 1, 2023, to January 11, 2024, BC Highway Patrol – Kootenay has located 177 drivers operating uninsured vehicles. Each driver received a violation ticket for no insurance for $598 dollars. As a result, BC Highway Patrol […]

UPDATED: Games cancelled for Alberta teams joining BCHL

The Alberta Junior Hockey League is putting the hammer down on the five teams joining the independent, British Columbia Hockey League for 2024-25 season. The AJHL said in a statement Thursday on its website that the league has “cancelled all upcoming games scheduled to be played between these five defecting teams and the remaining eleven […]

Q and A: delving into policing issues early in 2024

The city has the rare honour of not only having one of the only, but one of the oldest municipal police forces in B.C. with the Nelson Police Department. The NPD has been evident on the city’s streets since its inception in 1897 but, even with over 120 years in operation, the 20-plus contingent is […]